Press Release

Asa Arkansas's Governor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
12.31.2015

Gov. Hutchinson Provides Updates on Disaster Declarations & State’s Efforts in Aftermath of Storms

LITTLE ROCK – To date, Governor Asa Hutchinson has issued disaster declarations for 32 of Arkansas’s 75 counties (DR 15-42; DR 15-43; and DR 15-45) following severe storms over the weekend that caused heavy flooding and extensive damage throughout the state. As damage assessments continue, additional counties may be added.

The Governor’s Office has compiled a list of ongoing efforts by the state in the storm aftermath. They are as follows:

  • The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management is:
    • …monitoring the situation 24/7 from the State Emergency Operations Center.
    • …holding daily conference calls with county leadership.
    • …staying in constant communication with the National Weather Service.
       
  • National Guard units have been staged to assist with both sand bag operations and high water transportation.
     
  • State Police are providing additional patrols in evacuated areas.
     
  • The Department of Correction has provided inmates to assist with sand bag operations.
     
  • The Forestry Department is actively assisting with debris cleanup.
     
  • Arkansas Game and Fish is assisting with swift water rescues.

Governor Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“In conjunction with General Berry, Colonel Bryant and Director Maxwell, I am actively monitoring the situation across the state and am pleased to report that agencies have been working -- and continue to work -- diligently on all fronts following the weekend’s severe weather.

“As cleanup efforts are underway, the safety of our citizens continues to be my chief concern. I encourage all Arkansans to use an abundance of caution even now after the storms have passed as flood waters continue to be an issue throughout much of the state. I particularly want to express appreciation for the work of our first responders and the Department of Correction in their relief efforts.”

CONTACT:
Governor’s Office - press@governor.arkansas.gov or 501.682.3612
ADEM PIO Whitney Green - whitney.green@adem.arkansas.gov or 501.683.6700